[Foundation-l] [Wmfcc-l] Fundraising start

Andrew Lih andrew.lih at gmail.com
Sat Dec 16 01:50:34 UTC 2006

Just a heads up -re: "an anonymous donor"

There was already blowback on this re: the Taiwan Wikimania bid having
an anon donor involved. The donor was later revealed as the donor only
requested the name be withheld during bidding, and that the name could
be revealed afterwards.

The E.D. and board should carefully consider this point, as a
"matching fund" drive is a new experience that folks need to get used
to. But once anonymous donors are involved, the community could turn
against the effort and it is another type of "intrigue" for the
Foundation to have to defend.

It should be explained appropriately, and the board and E.D. should be
able to, on demand, give the reasoning for accepting such donations
and whether the parties involved were screened and meet certain

-Andrew (User:Fuzheado)

On 12/16/06, Brad Patrick <bradp.wmf at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, world:
> I want to provide everyone with the situation regarding fundraising.
> (www.wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Fundraising)
> * Fundraising page in its new form is up and running in many languages.
> * Need to migrate FAQ from comcom to Foundation wiki
> * Need to migrate Press release from comcom to Foundation wiki
> * Need to translate FAQ on Foundation wiki
> * Need to translate Press release on Foundation wiki
> * Need to translate Anthere's appeal on Foundation wiki where not translated
> * Site notice needs to be translated in four forms
> - Default - now
> - Sponsor #1 (matching) -  sometime next week
> - Sponsor #2 (matching) - sometime next week
> - Sponsor #3 (Anonymous matching) - sometime next week
> A word about matching.  So far we expect to have a significant match
> extending over several days from an anonymous donor, and two
> corporations with matching dates we are still working out.  We don't
> have the dates completely set in stone yet, and they will not be in
> place until next week. For now, the regular fundraising is underway.  We
> are finalizing the site notices shortly, and will be working on all of
> this tonight.
> Thank you for your patience, and for your support of Wikimedia!
> -Brad
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